With a view to reducing system loss, pilferage and bill arrears, the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) has undertaken an initiative to install a total of 150,000 pre-paid meters in 2nd phase in the port city.
The installation works of prepaid meters at a cost of Tk 729 million will start in July next and 150,000 conventional meters would be replaced with the pre-paid ones, Probir Kumar Sen, Chief engineer of PDB, told BSS.
Of the total cost of the project, Tk 520 million will be spent for procuring pre-paid meters and other accessories while the remaining money will be spent for developing infrastructure.
Engineer Probir Kumar Sen said over 70 thousand pre-paid meters have already arrived from China in first consignment for phase two.
“Rest of the pre-paid meters are expected to arrive by the first week of July. The pre-paid metering system was introduced in the port city by December 2016,” said Probir Sen.
Residential and commercial consumers of the city’s four electricity distribution areas including Bakalia, Rampura and Madarbari will be brought under the pre-paid metering system in second phase.
The BPDB inked an agreement with a Chinese firm in March of this year to implement the colossal project titled “Pre-Payment Metering Project for Distribution Southern Zone, (Chittagong Phase-2)” at a cost of around Tk 729 million.
Earlier in the first phase, a total of 139,000 prepaid meters were installed in Agrabad, Khulshi, Pahartali and Stadium in February this year. The installation work of the pre-paid meters was set to begin from November of last year.
According to BPDB sources, the pre-paid metering project is a part of installing 2.2 million meters across the country to modernise electricity billing system.